NEWS | Aug. 19, 2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL near Mosul Dam

By U.S. Central Command News Release

August 19, 2014

Release #20140823

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 19, 2014 - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq in the last 24 hours, with fighter aircraft conducting two airstrikes near the Mosul Dam.

One of the airstrikes successfully destroyed an ISIL checkpoint. The other airstrike was not successful.

All strike aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

These airstrikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces as they work together to combat ISIL, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.

The Department of Defense confirmed yesterday that Iraqi forces have cleared the Mosul Dam, and that Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces are working together to further expand control of the area.